Derek Larson, Environmental Studies
The current beef industry is unsustainable and destructive. Battling against increasing industrialization, new options are being assessed. Bison, being equal in carcass weight but different in land use, sustainability, and labor, seems like a positive option. However, is there enough land to support an equal number of bison? To answer this question, interviews and research materials were used to create a land feasibility analysis. It found that 69% of the focus area, mostly in the Dakotas, could convert and be as productive as current beef producers. Feedlots present an issue since they are acreage-efficient, but the final conclusion remains that land is not a barrier.
Peyton, Skylar, "Home on the Market Range: A Land Feasibility Analysis for Large-Scale Bison Farming" (2017). Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day. 119.